AR Expert Helen Papagiannis Explores How Technology Can Offer a Form of ‘Virtual Tourism’ During Self-Isolation
From our overworked healthcare system, to the forced closures of restaurants, bars, and shops, it’s clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will have dire effects on the global economy— and perhaps no industry will be harder hit than travel and tourism. Helen Papagiannis shares how AR and VR can offer virtual travel in a time of self-isolation and closed borders.
“Presence is a term used in VR to describe the perception and sensation of really ‘being there’ in the computer-generated environment, as though it were a real place. It’s a measure of how well a virtual environment succeeds in immersing a user,” writes Helen Papagiannis. On the flip side, presence in AR refers to the perception of virtual content fusing with our own physical environment.
Both pieces of technology have the potential to offer a respite from the self-isolation we’re currently experiencing. For example, VR headset Birdly allows wearers to virtually fly above the streets of Manhattan, taking in the city’s iconic landscape from a birds eye view. “As people around the globe self-isolate due to COVID-19, the world’s physical parks, and cultural sites are currently closed and devoid of human visitors. For now, virtual visits— to places real and imagined—are the safest form of travel.”
It makes you wonder, says Papagiannis, will virtual tourism take off under these unfortunate global circumstances?
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